Did you know that almost every 20 minutes a lip filler or augmentation procedure is performed? That accounts for thousands upon thousands of lip procedures every year. From numbers like those, anyone can see that cosmetic lip procedures such as fillers are popular.
And why shouldn't they be? Lip fillers and injections can do wonders for your appearance. Achieving that full, pouty, and natural-looking lip, you can look younger and sexier in a short period of time and with minimal side effects. It is important to keep in mind that lip filler aftercare can be as significant as the lip filler procedure itself.
If you've always been self-conscious about your lips and are already familiar with cosmetic procedures, then why not give lip fillers a try?
It's only a minor procedure and there's nothing stopping you from becoming a more attractive version of yourself. Knowing more about the lip filler aftercare process may be the thing to persuade you.
Let's take a deep dive into the aftercare process and what you should expect after undergoing a lip augmentation treatment.
What to Expect During and After the Procedure
There are many kinds of materials used for lip augmentation procedures. Among the most popular are collagen lip fillers, permanent silicone fillers, and above all, hyaluronic acid lip fillers.
Hyaluronic acid fillers are especially popular because hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring bodily product. Thanks to its natural properties, it can help plump up the tissue into which it's injected to produce a more supple and youthful appearance.
It's up to you to choose your best lip filler because each type has its own unique results and lifespan. What is important to note is that, no matter whichever lip filler you decide to get, the aftercare process is more or less the same.
When going in for lip augmentation treatments, it is important that you go to a licensed cosmetic professional. Receiving cosmetic lip procedures is generally safe, but if you go to a non-professional, serious side effects are more likely. Remember: it's always better to err on the side of caution.
In general, lip filler treatments are easy and quick with minimal pain. Afterward, it is important to make sure you care for the injection site. Avoid certain activities to ensure that your fillers achieve their desired results.
Before the procedure, do not take any blood-thinning medications. These medications could make you bruise worse after the treatment.
Immediately after your lip filler procedure, you will most likely be very aware of common side effects. These are lip swelling, redness, itchiness, and varying levels of pain. Only in rare circumstances are side effects more serious such as infection, tissue death, and blood vessel damage.
Swelling is usually the most annoying side effect of lip fillers. This swelling usually lasts around a few days and can be accompanied by a bit of soreness. Because of how long the swelling lasts, it is recommended not to get lip fillers right before a big event.
If you would like to speed along the swelling, there are a few things you can do. Within the first 24 hours of getting lip fillers, you should not do any intense exercise or spend excessive amounts of time in high temperatures. There are several reasons why this is the case.
By raising your body temperature, you are more likely to become dehydrated. This is what you must avoid after getting cosmetic fillers. This can complicate the final results of your fillers and you may not end up with optimal results.
By raising your temperature, you are more likely to start sweating. Sweating can lead to serious bacterial problems if it enters the sites where the needle was used to inject filler.
Continuing on the subject of dehydration, it is important to drink plenty of water and avoid consuming too much salt after your procedure to stay hydrated. Hydration is essential to the healing process. For a more direct approach to soothing your swelling and soreness, you may use an ice pack on the swollen area.
Lip Filler Aftercare: Are You Allowed to Eat After the Procedure?
The simple answer is, "yes," you're allowed to eat after your lip filler procedure, but there are some things you need to keep in mind. Since you need to stay hydrated, you can have all the fruits and vegetables you want as long as they have a high water content.
These are also great snack options in place of saltier alternatives like chips and pretzels which, of course, you should not be eating within a day or two of your procedure.
On the day of your procedure, you should stick to soft and easy to chew foods that won't irritate your lips too much. Messy foods that need you to wipe your lips often should also be avoided since this is not good for the fillers.
Alcohol should also be avoided before and after your filler treatment. This is because alcohol is a blood thinner and can cause more bruising and worsen lip filler swelling. Vitamin E supplements may worsen bruising as well and should not be taken while healing from your procedure.
What Else Should Be Avoided?
It is important to avoid certain activities after getting lip fillers and to take care while doing other activities to ensure that your lips heal. Even something as sipping a drink through a straw or sleeping on your face can have consequences for the results of your filler. This is because no pressure should be put on your lips after your treatment.
To maximize your lip filler aftercare, be sure not to get any face massages. Do not use any skincare products or cleansers that are hard on the skin such as exfoliators either.
You are allowed to wear lipstick or lip gloss as these products can help cover up any visible bruising or swelling you may have, but it's often best to go without them if you don't need them. Since you are avoiding unnecessary pressure on your lips at all costs, you unfortunately must give up kissing for a day or two.
If you're a smoker, it's best to stop smoking before and after your procedure. This is because smoking can increase the likelihood of infection. More than that, the nicotine in cigarettes can restrict blood flow which slows the body's natural healing process.
Especially Avoid Flying
If you plan on flying in an airplane, make sure the flight is at least two weeks after your initial lip fill procedure. There are several reasons for this, the simplest one being that flying can dehydrate you. Another more serious reason has to do with the fact that airplanes are pressurized.
Because airplanes are pressurized, this can worsen the swelling and bruising of your lips. Even if your initial swelling finally goes down and you proceed to go flying, the change in pressure can reintroduce swelling into your lips which is bad both for your lips and your fillers, especially if the fillers were, for some reason, placed in the wrong part of your lips. No one wants to look puffy and uncomfortable during a long flight.
If, for some reason, you are experiencing serious or rare side effects after your lip filler procedure, there are several important things you need to do. If you experience high amounts of bleeding, swelling, or if you have bumps in your lips, go to the clinic where you got your fillers and ask for advice, or otherwise go to a doctor.
If you experience extreme pain, cold lips, and lip discoloration such as darkening of the tissue, you may have tissue necrosis, or tissue death, which is usually caused by an infection and is a medical emergency. At this point, it is important to see a medical professional to treat this condition immediately.
Lip Filler Aftercare Tips
Now that you know all about the many lip filler aftercare tips, you can decide if getting injectable lip fillers is right for you. Cosmetic lip fillers can be a great choice for giving yourself a new look with minimal downtime.
Keep in mind the things you should avoid during your aftercare process, such as salty foods, strenuous exercise, and flying.
As long as you follow these simple aftercare tips, there's nothing to be afraid of, so why not take the plunge and get lip fillers? Check out our page and learn more about our cosmetic services.